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    I am interested to know what is a good set of GCSE grades. By this I mean that Oxbridge would invite you for interview if all seems okay during your lower sixth year.

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    I read somewhere that if you've done the standad 10 or so GCSEs then about 8 should be at A* or A grade, but I'm not sure.

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    Well then by your predicted grades you will be an Oxbridge interviewee. Well done you.
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    When an Oxford applications tutor came to my school to talk us through the Oxbridge process, he said that you should have about minimum of 5 A*s if you come from a public school, less if you're from a state school. If you have less then it suggests that you're lazy and thus wouldn't fit in with the whole Oxbridge work ethic.
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    No, that's not what they told us at all. I've been to two Oxford lectures, and both times, they've said the opposite. I can't be arsed going it over all again (I have to pack for my holiday!), but if you browse other threads, you'll be able to find what they said to me...
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    (Original post by jonathan213)
    I am interested to know what is a good set of GCSE grades. By this I mean that Oxbridge would invite you for interview if all seems okay during your lower sixth year.

    I am some great person can comment on this.

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    Sir Jonathan.
    You dont need oxbridge type results to get good results.

    Whats the "sir jonathan" all about? :p:
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    'Good' results will vary according to the individual and what they've been predicted. Some people will be devestated if they don't get straight A*s whereas others would be pleased to get Ds. Generally speaking, if you have mostly Cs and above, you've done well. As for Oxbridge, almost everyone who applies to Cambridge and around 85% of those who apply to Oxford are called for interview if they're predicted AAA at A-level, so your GCSEs don't matter in that respect, but obviously having a lot of A*s and As would work in your favour. I think the average Oxbridge applicant has about 5 or 6 A*s, but as long as your grades aren't really bad, you'll still get an interview and the chance to make up for them.
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    (Original post by jonathan213)
    Well then by your predicted grades you will be an Oxbridge interviewee. Well done you.
    Um, sorry if I've done anything wrong here!

    I doubt I'd be clever enough to get into Oxbridge...yep, those are my predicted grades but that's all they are, PREDICTED!! Woah, if you were to see my target grades (based on some formula with what you got in your year 9 SATS). Mine was 11 A*s! I'm like OMG how can they expect that??? It's plain stupid!

    Sure, I'd love to get into Oxford but I don't expect more than about 2A*s and from what people are saying that's not enough, let alone the fact that I'm taking 2 'soft options' for A Levels!!

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    i went to an oxbridge seminar for people who were seen as capable of going there, and mostly everyone there had at least 5 GCSEs at A*/A, most if not all of them were from state schools
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    I know someone who is going to Oxford this year who got 2 A's and all the rest B's - so this tells you that its not all grades. If you've got the potential, you'll get it.
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    A "good" set of results is another person's "bad", since each set of results is obviously attached to one particular person, and I should expect that they have certain expectations of what their results will be from predictions and how the exam went. Ergo, if one person got all B's and A's, that could be excellent for them, but dreadful for a person who has been predicted straight stars. Good results are comparative to the individual to which they belong.

    But obviously you should be trying to get as many A* grades as possible if trying to get into the best Universities. The university have to look at each indivdual differently (e.g. teaching standards, domestic problems etc.) and see whether they think the individual has achieved to their fullest potential in their exams. And if they haven't, it's probably out the door for Oxbridge.
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    Anything less than 9 A*s is punishable by ridicule.
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    (Original post by 2 + 2 = 5)
    Anything less than 9 A*s is punishable by ridicule.
    o, another one of those people :rolleyes:
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    I feel so embarassed! Must I be ridiculed for getting 8A*s and 2As.
    To be honest, as long as you get mostly As and maybe a couple of Bs it'll be a good set of GCSEs.
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    Why has nobody got a grip of reality on this site? 45% of pupils don't even manage to get 5 C's or above.
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    Exactly. You tell them. Some people are so insecure they have this urge just to show off. To flaunt their academic results, which, most of the time, are made up, as ive discovered repeatedly. People with way too much spare time and no conscious.
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    (Original post by AT82)
    Why has nobody got a grip of reality on this site? 45% of pupils don't even manage to get 5 C's or above.
    but "reality" for some people & in this specific thread context (once you read beyond that thread title & see how the OP has quantified "good" for his reality purposes! ) is for an oxbridge application.

    & significantly less than 45% of oxbridge candidates apply with 5Cs or fewer at GCSE! :p:
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    In terms of what I'd be happy with, anything more than my predicted grades which are: an A, 7 B's, a C and a D. I've slacked somewhat over the past 2 years and if I achieve more than this, I'll be chuffed. In general (national) terms, straight C's or above are what I would deem good grades.
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    There is no point at which results become "good results". Whether you attain good results or not is entirely relative to your ability. For example if you are an absolute genius, predicted straight A*s and get something like 2A*s, 6As, 1B and 1C then that would not be good results for you, if you are predicted straight Ds and get straight Cs then that exceeds expectations and is thus a good result for you. There is no definitive mark that is a good mark, it is entirely relative to your ability, hence I dislike people comparing their grades.
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    Whats all these A* about i am predected some A*, but would oxbridge take me if i had 8A and 1B.
 
 
 

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